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Whirlwind Witbier | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-03-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
540
Ratings:
931
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
16.44%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
75
For Trade:
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Photo of HattedClassic
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours a nice, white head with some nice lacing. The beer is a hazy golden yellow.

Smell:
Smells of wheat and banana yeast with various spices. The wheat smell mixes wonderfully with a lemon undertone. The spice is rather muted when compared to the rest of the beer.

Taste:
A lemon undertaste and aftertaste. The certainly come out while the wheat is subdued compared to the rest of the beer.The flavors a little light and feel watered down but I guess it would be expected given the style.

Mouthfeel:
Light bodied with light carbonation.

Overall:
A good and refreshing beer, especially if it's hot outside.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by 2/28/13. Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a smallish creamy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet lemon peel, pepper, bready malts and musty yeast.

The flavor is sweet bready malts, citrus, some cloves and spice with an earthy yeast finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a pretty decent wit. A little much on the sweet and spicy side.

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Photo of JayQue
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A refreshing summer beer but not a great witbier. Pours a very light hazy yellow into a Bud Select flute. Weak head, delicate bubbles but not not enough and not enough staying power either. Minimal lacing.

Smell is fairly weak as well, some lemon zest and a little wheat.

Taste is pleasant enough but not that complex. Lemon zest and a bit of wheat bitterness are apparent but Belgian yeast and spices are lacking.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

A refreshing beer for the summer but that's about it. Lots of others in the same category.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a cloudy pale golden body.

S: musty lemon custard and breads.

T: mild lemon note which is more sour than sweet. A little tart. Light on the wheat/malts.

M: light body and lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: Definitely drinkable and refreshing. Just not complex enough to separate it from others in the genre.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a hazy golden straw color with just a small cap of white head.

The aroma has a nice grainy profile with some lemon zest in the background. Seems to have a trace of sulfur in the background that is a bit of putting, but it doesn't entirely ruin the aroma. Nice light flavor with some orange peel and some mace on the pallet. Nice amount of spice here with a little bit of a bitter hop finish and a touch of lemon.

The body is light with slightly low carbonation. Overall this one is solid. The aroma could be better but we can put this one the list of go-to summer brews for me.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a small 1/2" white head but it had decent lifespan. The body is a hazy raw sienna yellow color with ample tiny bubbles. It smells mildly of malt, grain, and citrus. The taste mirrors the smell but adds a special toastiness to the malt as well as a touch of sour. Decent finish focusing on the sour.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, somewhat watery yellow coloring with a steady, slow flow of carbonation and a slim ring of white film around the edge of the surface. Aromas of toasted grains, biscuits, and a slight tangy citrus highlight. Flavors are roasted, with a banana and clove backbone that supports the smooth, creamy body. A slight nutmeg and cinnamon highlight throughout, as well. The aftertaste is roasted and clove spiced, with a smooth, creamy finish. Extremely easy to drink, and decent flavor profiles, make this a great summer brew that is a bit heavier and more full than the average fare. Tasty!

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Photo of bubseymour
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - glowing yellow cloudy beer witn minimal to no head.

S- slight malt and lemon but not much here

Taste - Refreshingly light with slight lemon tartness with some grain flavorings slightly noticed as well.

M - flat and watery but ok for the style

Overall - A nice change of pace summer drinker. Sessionable and pleasant.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Big fuzzy foam cap, slight golden body. Mildly hazy - probably not enough to style.

A - Blast of lemon, slightest hint of continental malts. No coriander or white pepper, thank Christ.

T - Sharp lemon. Sharp Lemon. And a hint of... Sharp lemon. Nothing else? Where's that classic Victory malt bent.

M - Lean. I know this style is all about light and fluffy, but I am after beer, not lemon soda.

O - Wishing more Vienna malt was on scene. I am glad some of the more potent Witbier spices were restrained. And this is probably a blue-ribbon-worthy thrist-quencher on swamp-ass summer days. But it was a bit offensive towards the end. They say, life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Same, I think might begin to apply to Victory's Whirlwind Wit.... this would go great with sugar and water.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Dogfish Head goblet.

Victory is perhaps my favorite brewery, so I was looking forward to this. Appearance is cloudy and hazy yellow in color. Smells of wheat, yeast, and a touch of lemon, exactly what I would expect out of a Witbier. Some carbonation present.

Taste is top notch. I regret only buying one of these. This is perfect for this time of year - and it is a great time of year - the Celtics and Bruins are charging towards the playoffs and the Red Sox..nevermind.

Anyway, once again Victory comes through with a quality brew that I'll look forward to every year.

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Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale and cloudy with some sediment in the glass. Plenty of white suds and an average amount of lace. Solid.

Aroma is soft and yeasty, with a wispy hint of fruit/citrus tang and a bit of muted spice. Refreshing, light, and delicious.

Absolutely an ideal Belgian-style witbier. Blue Moon wishes it could be so tasty. Another winner from Victory.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow in color with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a couple of thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: There are aromas of wheat, lemon, and a very light yeast spiciness. Light elements of clove are also present.

T: The beer starts out with a very heavy presence of wheaty flavor followed by some yeast spiciness + clove and then finishing with some light lemon flavor which lingers on your palate.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Very light and refreshing, a delicious beer that is very much sessionable. The beer would be amazing on a hot summer afternoon. Definitely one to have again - maybe a regular in the summer cook-out rotation.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy orange-yellow color with a big white head. The head faded very fast giving very light lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heavy and yeasty with a nice wheaty backbone. A bit of lemon and some spice of clove and pepper is mixed throughout. Very classic witbier.

Taste – Wheaty up front with a nice yeastiness mixed in. Some spices are present up front but actually rather light. More toward the end the lemon in the nose becomes more pronounced in flavor and leaves a slightly bitter flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – It is a medium bodied brew with a slightly higher than normal carbonation level. This coupled to its lighter body and lower abv make it very drinkable.

Overall - As with most witbier in my opinion, it is good for a
good session brew while sitting and drinking outside on a nice warm sunny day.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by March 2, 2013. I believe that date is one year from bottling, so bottled about a week ago.

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a bit of white head. The head dies quickly. Very little lacing. Pretty transparent for a wit.

S - Strong lemon, banana, clove, wheat, and spice. There is a bit of a salty meat funk that I don't really like.

T - Follows the nose with some lemon peel flavor coupled with wheat. Various spices, including cloves, black pepper, and cilantro. Some yeast on the finish. Pretty good.

M - Highly carbonated with a light body.

O - I saw this beer had just started appearing on the shelves for the season so I picked one up fresh. The appearance and smell were unimpressive, but the taste and mouthfeel were very refreshing. It is a very sessionable wit that goes down easy and doesn't pack much of a punch. It won't be a beer I turn to often but I suppose it could fill a tiny wit-niche in my repertoire.

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Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, hazy yellow with a quarter inch of soft, dense white head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of grass, wheat, straw, coriander, and lemon zest. The flavor is similar. The straw and grassy notes open this one up followed by some spices primarily coriander and maybe black pepper. There are some citrusy notes as well some lemon zest and maybe some orange peel. The mouthfeel is a little crisp, but light and smooth.

This is a flavorful, balanced witbier. I really enjoyed it. Wits aren't a favorite of mine so I don't often get into them, but I would have this one again if I were in the mood for a Wit.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy yellow, bubbly, very little head, no lacing

S - smelled like a pilsner (way to trow my taste buds off!)

T - very subtle citrus, very light tasting wheat beer

M - very light, carbonated but not too much

O - very light witbier, overall tasty but not overwhelming

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Photo of Innocentexile
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into Wiezen glass

A-Hazy straw yellow color with big/fast dissipating head with little lacing.

S-Citrus aroma with hint of lemon, not a strong aroma but subtle

T/M-A tangy citrus taste with a bready finish, again, pretty subtle but not unlike a witbier.

O-A typical Witbier, tasty but nothing godly. not a bad investment

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Photo of SickGnar
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Glowing golden, okay size white head, more clear than hazy, very few rising bubbles and minimal lace.

S: Nice, well-rounded coriander – herbal, soft lemon, touch peppery. Bready yeast, strongly wheat forward malts with a touch of sweetness. No hops.

T: Good solid wheat beer base – bready, doughy, crackery, wheaty, hint of toasted grain and a touch of low C malt sweetness. Coriander is very well balanced and well done. Mostly herbal with just a touch of lemon and peppery / spicy notes in the background. Not really getting any orange peel or citrus other than the lemon from the coriander (and that is more lemongrass / herbal). Yeast notes are present, but tame. More bready and neutral than Belgian. Some faint herbal / grassy hops sulk at the edges and in the finish. Less sweet and more herbal than many.

M: Just under medium body with carbonation just over. Works alright, especially for style. Refreshing and borderline crisp.

D: Shoots wide of the signature look. No hazy, no lace, and a touch dark. Taste is okay, if a bit more herbal – less sweet, not really any orange peel, and maybe more firmly hoppy than most. Mouthfeel is okay, if a bit drier. Belgian yeast aspect is rather pedestrian. Okay drinking, but not really a go to Wit.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Light yellow with some light haze running throughout. White head and some spotted lacing down the glass.

The aroma was the best part about this beer, and it pretty much nailed the style dead on: citrus, lemon, yeast, clove, coriander.

Though the flavor was lacking. It had all the same elements that were present in the aroma, but they were very faint and faraway, even after significant warming. This is somewhat tasteless.

Thin to medium bodied.

A great smelling though ultimately dull witbier.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of mgbickel. Pours a hazed, light yellow color with a fluffy, small-bubbled head. Retention is ok and leaves a nice sudsy film and collar.

Nose is cloves, lemongrass, coriander and a hint of orange. Nice, fairly classic witbier nose with a little more zest to it than some of the softer, imported versions.

Coriander has a little edge to it here, I also am still getting the lemongrass...I wonder if Victory uses it in this one? Theres also a blood orange citric presence that is cool. Nice balance of sweet and spice, neither dry nor cloying...I like it quite a bit. Im a sucker for a good wit, and this one is one of the best new ones I have tried in quite some time. Its always a good thing if my beer is empty before I can finish typing my thoughts!

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Photo of cjgator3
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy whitish yellow color that you would expect from a beer this style with a fizzy off-white head that eventually fizzes away. 

S- The aroma features some wheat malt, citrus, spices and yeast. Everything I expect from a witbier so far.

T- The taste is light bodied, crisp and refreshing but has a good amount of flavor. The citrus flavors are noticeable up front with the spices making their presence felt next and a very refreshing finish rounds this one out. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Whirlwind Wit is a very solid wittier that is very quaffable. Would purchase again. 

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Photo of jifigz
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The appearance is a pretty clear and sightly hazy yellow. No real head appeared and no lacing.

S: Banana, spices (coriander, clove), and the yeasty dominate the nose.

T: The taste is close to the aroma. Banana and spices and the Belgian yeast is very evident in the flavor. Not a truly distinct beer, but not a bad taste by any standards.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty thin and watery, maybe a little harsh with carbonation bite, but not too bad.

O: A solid beer, but not one I would really seek out. This is one of Victory's weaker attempts (and this is my favorite brewery.)

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Photo of output01x
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Enjoy By 03/08/12) into a pilsener glass.

A delicate pour yields a 1-finger off-white energetic head that fizzes to nothing in less than a minute. The body is a pale straw with tiny floaties giving it a cloudy appearance. A good amount of carbonation bubbles quickly ascend from every conceivable point of origin. No lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Fruit and spices are the basic components of the aroma. Coriander, clove, banana, and lemon oil are mainly what jump out, but there is a lot going on in this nose.

Very similar to the nose, a lemon zest twang starts each sip. Banana with a myriad of spices follows quickly after. An oily lemon, but not acidic, aftertaste comes in at the end of each sip. The flavors are neither mild nor bold, but noticeable and interesting.

Light bodied with great carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. The strong carbonation causes this beer to literally fizzle away in your mouth. Luckily, the strong carbonation does not seem detrimental to the flavors.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

709th Review on BA
Bottle to Pilsner
12oz

I think I F***ed up and got a bottle with a best by Mar 26th, 2011 If I can read that tiny white print.

App- So out of the bottle it was very light and very hazy with about an 1/8" of an inch of head. No cling, no lace, no legs.

Smell- A bit bright with a little bit of lemon and some wheat behind it. little bit of hefe smell to it with some bubblegum, banana and yeast just smelled thin to me.

Taste- A pretty average witbier even if this one was a bit old. Seems to be a bit watery with a little issue of flavor pop. The flavors just seem to be there and a bit underwhelming. Probably my own fault for the old bottle.

Mouth- Light bodied and high carbed. A bit too thin even for this style. More like an alcoholic
lemonade.

Drink- It's an average beer with it's place in the market for a good summer beer to cool you down and not get you too buzzed. A little lacking in flavor but oh well. Only a single 12, not a six pack.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this form Al's of Hampden, poured chilled into a wheat glass.

The color is a deep golden with amber accents.The clarity is gently hazed with visible carbonation and thick white smooth cap. The lace clings in a wave pattern. The smell is pretty spicy with some fragrant citrus accents and mild yeast earthiness. I enjoy the refreshingly effervescent body with somewhat higher than average spice which seems to detract a bit from the yeast, the feel in general is good for the style.

The wit has a nice flavor of belgian yeast with some slight citrus accents it seems to be a little on the floral side with the hops and almost soapy with a creamy wheat flavor in the middle and only mildly sweet but there is enough peppery and lemony quality to make my taste buds take notice. Overall this is a standard wit, pretty tasty, but lacks a little depth in the malt and yeast.I found it a good beer to go with orange chicken I paired it with.

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Whirlwind Witbier from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
84 out of 100 based on 540 ratings.
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